College basketball: CIAA announces pairings
Published 12:00 am Monday, February 23, 2015
The CIAA released its basketball tournament seedings on Sunday.
Livingstone’s women’s team received the No. 3 seed for the Southern Division.
Livingstone’s forfeits are now officially “nullifications,” for what it’s worth.
Officially, the Blue Bears’ divisional record is 6-4, with a conference record of 6-10. Nine of those 10 conference losses reflect nullifications of games Kyra Crosby, who was deemed ineligible, played in.
Livingstone plays a 2:20 game on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena against Northern Division No. 6 seed Bowie State (4-12, 2-8).
If the Blue Bears win that one, they’ll take on Southern Division No. 2 seed Johnson C. Smith at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. J.C. Smith got a first-round bye.
The CIAA seeds its tournament based on divisional records but has always used conference records as the next tiebreaker when divisional records are identical and teams split head-to-head.
Not this time.
Livingstone and Winston-Salem State tied for the Southern Division championship and split their games.
Livingstone has the superior conference record, and in past years, would have been a No. 1 seed.
But the CIAA is using points differential this year — you read that correctly, points differential — in the games between the two teams as a tiebreaker before it considers conference record.
Winston-Salem State won 89-80. Livingstone won 86-83. Advantage: Winston-Salem State.
As the No. 2 seed in the Southern Division, Livingstone opens play in a Thursday quarterfinal at 7 p.m. against Northern Division No. 3 seed Lincoln.
Semifinals are Friday and championship games are set for Saturday.
Livingstone will have to win the CIAA tournament to make the Division II playoffs.